Greetings from Alabama,
The 2014 tour for the Alabama Watermelon
Queen has been very productive this year. Queen
Montana has been busy visiting schools, local
farmers and farmer’s markets, grocery stores,
and much more!
Farm tours are one of the best ways for Queen
Montana to learn firsthand how watermelons are
grown. In June, Hudson Shelly gave us a tour of
Shelley Farms in Southeast Alabama. The next
stop was a local TV station in Dothan. Montana
whipped up watermelon fire and ice salsa on
WTVY Live at Lunch. During July 4th week, we
visited five Rouses Supermarkets Stores in Gulf
Shores, Spanish Fort, Theodore, Mobile and Sara-land. Then we celebrated Independence Day at the
Grand Bay Watermelon Festival. Finally, Queen
Montana got to welcome over eight hundred
shoppers during the opening of a new commissary
at Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery.
July was a very busy month for all of us, but
we were able to squeeze in one exciting and
successful trip to Indianapolis, IN. The Illiana
Watermelon Association welcomed us with
open arms and A LOT of watermelon during the
Kroger Race Weekend promotion. During the
race weekend Queen Montana was able to hand
out samples of watermelon at a Kroger store and
pass out tons of watermelon at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway. Thank you to our sponsors
Mr. Billy Smith-Billy Smith’s Watermelons, Mr.
Jeff Garrett-Clifton Seed, Mr. Arnold Mack-Mc-Melon, and the NWPB.
We finished out the summer by joining United
Fresh at The Washington Conference in Washington DC. Queen Montana met with Senators
and Representatives from Georgia and Alabama,
as well as, many supporters of fresh produce.
She was able to learn some of the key issues that
challenge the watermelon industry.
While a great summer has come and gone, we
are looking forward to have an amazing fall as
we are headed back to Washington DC for the
Marine Corp Marathon and Anaheim, CA for
PMA. Hope to see you all there!
Alabama Watermelon Association
Greetings from the Alabama Association!
The 32nd annual Alabama Watermelon Association
Convention was held in February at the Beau Rivage
Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. The convention was full
of fun, excitement, and even karaoke! This year was a
great success and a special thank you to all the sponsors:
Allen Lund Company, Billy Smith’s Watermelons, Inc.,
Clifton Seed Company, Genecco Produce, International
Paper, LTF Greenhouses, McMelon, Inc, Morgan Wood
Products, National Watermelon Association, National
Watermelon Promotion Board, RockTenn, Sakata Seed,
Sunny Fresh, Valdosta Plant Company, and Williams
Manis Produce Marketing. Thank you all for making
our convention not only possible, but a great success.
There are a few more people who received awards
for their hard work, generosity, and support. Mr. Terry
Jones, Southern Quality Shippers received the King
Buyer Award and Mr. Rantz Smith, Smith Farms of Bell,
Inc received the King Donor Award. Ray Gilliland of
Ray Gilliland Melons received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mrs. Corliss Smith of Billy Smith’s Watermelons received the Jan Ware Award. Mr. Jay Jones
of Sakata Seed received the Outstanding Service Award.
Thank you all for your dedication the association, it is
One last farewell to the 2011 Alabama Watermelon
Queen, Miss Ann-Marie Urrutia. A special thank you
for all your hard work and dedication, over the past year.
You have represented the Alabama Association with
great pride and elegance! Ann-Marie has been an outstanding representative for our association. In addition,
thank you to all that helped make her year so special.
We had four outstanding young women compet-ing for the 2012 Alabama Watermelon Queen position.
Miss Meghan Patterson of Thorsby, sponsored by Sunny
Fresh, Miss Leah Knight of Berry sponsored by McMelon, Miss Amber Nolin of Enterprise, sponsored by
Billy Smith’s Watermelons, and Miss Jaime Minor of
Muscle Shoals, sponsored by Gulf Seed. Congratulations to Miss Amber Nolin on your new role as the 2012
Alabama Watermelon Queen. Miss Amber is the 20
year old daughter of Greg and Renea Nolin. She lives
in Enterprise and attends Enterprise Sate Community
Amber and I are both very excited to get this year
started. We will be attending the Florida Watermelon
Convention on March 23rd-25th in Tampa, FL. Following that Amber will attend the Queen Training hosted
by the National Watermelon Promotion Board, visit
elementary schools, attend watermelon festivals, and
complete a farm tour. Amber is eager to start her year
learning about and promoting watermelons.
Newly crowned Queen Amber with her sponsor, Mr. Billy and
Mrs. Corliss Smith.
Queen Amber with Mr. Kelley and Mrs. Jean Marinaro
An amazing group of “has beens!”
Queen Kimberly, Queen Whitney, Queen Amber, Queen Ann-
Marie, and Queen Katelyn
2nd runner up, Leah Knight, Queen Amber, and 1st runner up
Queen Ann-Marie receiving her beautiful watermelon jewelry
from the AWA board.
Contestants ready for opening number.
Contestants getting tips on the seed spit competition from Mr.
Visiting Queens, contestants, board members and special guest
after the auction at the AWA convention.
All the beautiful contestants ready for evening gown
Queen Ann-Marie and Queen Katelyn, Congratulations on
A Winning Line-up!
With Affirmed, Bold Ruler and Citation,
Growers across the country are enjoying the
benefits of wide adaptability, high yield,
excellent uniformity and sweet flavor.
© 2012 Sakata Seed America, Inc.
Queen Montana and Hudson Shelley touring Shelley Farms.
FL Queen Meagan and Queen Montana handing out samples at
Kroger in Indianapolis.
Sharing coloring books and juicy watermelon on a hot day at
Queen Montana welcoming everyone at the Air Force Base
Commissary in Montgomery.
Georgia Queen Jennifer, Queen Montana, Mar-Del Queen
Shelby, and National Queen Brandi in front of The White
House while in DC.
NWA President and the Watermelon Queens at the Fresh
Festival in Washington, DC.
Scott Davis with Military Produce Group and Queen Montana
in front of an amazing display at Gunter AFB Commissary.
Alabama Representative Martha Roby and Queen Montana
during The Washington Conference.
Queen Montana demonstrated how to make Fire and Ice Salsa
on WTVY Live at Lunch.
Illiana Queen Emily, National Queen Brandi, Queen Montana,
and Florida Queen Meagan helping raise money for Riley Kids
during the Kroger Race Weekend.
Cooling off with watermelon fans at Grand Bay
Thank you Mr. Joe Watson and Rouses Supermarkets for all of
your support this year!